Tube and Pipe Production

The tube and pipe production technology area encompasses mills and all of the equipment that makes a mill run successfully: tooling, welding units, nondestructive testers, bundlers, scarfing equipment, straighteners, scrap choppers, and washing systems.

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Quick-change technology allows part-to-part mill changeover in 15 min.

May 17, 2016

Rafter Equipment Corp. has introduced patented Mill-Flip® quick-change technology that allows tube producers to achieve part-to-part changeovers in 15 min. or less. The technology requires no special mill roll stands or roll tooling and no complicated mill drive connections or electrical...

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United Industries named Industry of the Month

May 13, 2016

United Industries Inc., Selmer, Tenn., a manufacturer of laser welded stainless steel tubing for industries such as sanitary, pharmaceutical, semiconductor, automotive, HVAC, and ornamental, has been recognized by the McNairy County Chamber of Commerce as May Industry of the Month. Since...

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Rattunde opens facility in Mexico

May 2, 2016

Rattunde Corp., the Caledonia, Mich., arm of a Germany-based manufacturer of finished-length tube and solid bar production systems, has announced the opening of a facility in Monterrey/Apodaca, Mexico. This 8,073-sq.-ft. tech center houses the Mexico sales and service operations, application...

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Superior Tube receives Nadcap accreditation for heat treating

April 5, 2016

Collegeville, Pa.-based Superior Tube, a manufacturer of seamless and welded tubes, straight lengths, and coils in stainless steel, nickel, titanium, and zirconium, has been awarded Nadcap accreditation for heat treating. The accreditation is awarded based on one of the aerospace industry’s...

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Luvata acquires Accurate Wire

March 4, 2016

Luvata, a manufacturer of heat transfer systems, tubing, and special products, has purchased electronics wire manufacturer Accurate Wire Inc., Branford, Conn. The company supplies square, flat, round, and custom-shaped wire made of copper, copper alloys, steel, and aluminum for the electronics,...

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Automated bundling system works with mills running up to 650 FPM

March 3, 2016

FD Machinery offers an automated bundler that keeps pace with mills running up to 650 FPM. It has the smallest footprint of any automated bundling system available, according to the manufacturer. One hands-free bundler collects the tubes, stacks them into square or hexagonal bundles, bands...

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TimkenSteel develops new manufacturing process for high-pressure tubing

February 23, 2016

TimkenSteel, Canton, Ohio, a provider of customized alloy steel products and services, has developed a new process to manufacture high-pressure tubing (HPT) for use in the production of low-density polyethylene (LDPE). The process begins at the Canton facility with the forge-rolling and...

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Schuler installs two offline spiral pipe mills

February 23, 2016

Schuler has announced the delivery of two offline spiral pipe mills to Mexico and Saudi Arabia for the production of large pipes with diameters from 20 to 88 in. and lengths of 39 to 80 ft. The pipes are made from high-grade steel with thicknesses up to 1 in. wound onto coils. This is formed into a...

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Pros and cons of commercial specifications for tubular products

February 10, 2016

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Modern, mass-produced tube and pipe products come in three main varieties: extruded, welded, and drawn over mandrel. The standard specifications that apply to the most common type, welded, occasionally come under scrutiny. Are commercial tolerances tight enough? Editor Eric Lundin captured a discussion on this topic at TPA’s 2015 conference, Pipe & Tube Lincoln (Sept. 23, Lincoln, Neb.)

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Axial tube forming machine offers fast tool changing

February 1, 2016

transfluid® Maschinenbau GmbH offers the t form REB system for axial tube forming. The machine configuration is determined by three factors: the tube size, the material, and the forming geometry. For example, sharp-angled contours require significantly more upsetting output than smooth ones....

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Cutting line processes 15,000 tubes per hour

January 28, 2016

Bewo Cutting Systems B.V. offers the SigmaSC cutting line. In stand-alone configuration, the machine cuts up to 15,000 tubes per hour. The cutting machine carries out adjustments automatically and chooses maximum efficiency when changing over. Changeover of tube length, diameter, and clamping...

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Double-head flying saw helps increase tube mill line speed

January 20, 2016

FD Machinery Co. has developed a new double-head flying saw for use in tube and pipe and roll forming applications. The double-car flying saw offers two cutting carts in one production line. They operate independently and finish cutting pipes or open profiles alternately. This helps increase...

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Lubricants handle hot, cold forming of tube

January 20, 2016

Condat offers Condatub lubricants for hot and cold tube forming processes. Suitable for use on all metals, they include hot forming graphite and ceramics dispersions, drawing nonreactive and reactive soaps, pilger rolling and forming soluble lubricants, drawing neat oils, and corrosion inhibitors....

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Sound waves determine weld soundness

January 19, 2016

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Traditional ultrasonic systems use piezoelectric transducers to generate sounds waves and a couplant—a liquid—to provide a pathway for the sound waves to pass from the transducer to the material under test. An electromagnetic acoustic transducer is an alternative technology, one that uses two electromagnets to generate the sound wave in the part to be inspected. This eliminates the couplant, which can interfere with the test process.

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FD Machinery to supply tube mills, flying saw to APL Apollo

January 6, 2016

China-based FD Machinery has announced it will supply two CNC-CFS (direct forming square) ERW tube mills and a double-car flying saw to APL Apollo, located in Delhi, India. The automated tube mills allow the operator to change tube size in 5 min. by entering four parameters on a touchscreen....

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